Meditation for an Active Mind

About This Event

“Meditation is the key to Everything.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda

If you’ve tried meditation or mindfulness, and wondered what to do about the obstacles that arise, then come join us for a refreshing look at uncovering peace of mind. Learn to use strategies such as body scans, breath, and mindful witnessing to calm your active mind.

Are you ready to find the right approach to meditation for you, or just need a tune-up? Come learn how to use simple, enjoyable techniques to calm and focus the mind. Peace of mind is deep within all of us, and meditation is the key.

Learn useful tools, such as:

Body-based meditations

Making friends with the breath

Developing the witness (mindfulness)

Discovering the deep benefits of meditations, even when they seem unfocused

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).

Testimonials

Swami Vidyananda makes meditation easily accessible and gives great tools for personal practice. Her class has been motivational and inspiring. — Past Participant

Swami Vidyananda is a profound thinker and a very insightful teacher. It is a privilege to attend any of her lectures. — Sumeeta S.

Swami Vidyananda’s way of showing the teachings of Integral Yoga along with her experience and stories makes it all so accessible. It’s a blessing to be in her presence. — Nieda P.

Swami Vidyananda is so fun and spontaneous. She made meditation into something even I can do and showed how to use it in daily life. — Program Participant 

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Accommodations

The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

Dormitory
The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Tenting
Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Lacto-vegetarian
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe

Directions

Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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